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Friday, February 15, 2013

EVENT: Love Give Utah (3/22)

Contact:  Fraser Nelson, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Utah
Phone:  801-559-3005
Email:  fraser@utahcf.org

Salt Lake City - On Friday, March 22, Utahns will have a new opportunity to prove their record-breaking generosity by contributing to their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools during the state's first 24 hour day of giving, called "Love UT Give UT".
“Utahns lead the nation for charitable giving. This year we are launching an innovative on-line event that can help Utahns learn about and give to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and schools across the state,” explained Fraser Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation of Utah. “The Community Foundation is dedicated to bringing innovative ways to expand philanthropy in our state, and this is a program whose time has come.”
This type of virtual fundraising event has been successfully pioneered in other states, raising millions of dollars and bringing new donors to organizations that serve their communities. Minnesota raises more than $16 million annually on 'Give to the Max' day.
Love UT Give UT helps nonprofits and schools showcase their work and introduce their organizations to new and potential donors.  More than 250 schools and nonprofits organizations have already created pages on the giving platform, www.loveutgiveut.org. 
Dozens of companies large and small from all areas of Utah are using Love UT Give UT as a new way to engage their employees and show their commitment to Utah. For example, Ted Broman, CEO of Integracore, is matching all employees gifts up to $25,000. Employees give to the organization of their choice.
Love UT Give UT will offer incentives to encourage participation and add a sense of friendly competition.The organizations that receive the most number of donors will receive additional grants. First prize is $5,000, second is $2,500 and third place is $1,000. The categories help level the playing field:
·       small nonprofits with budgets under $250,000
·       medium nonprofits with under $1 million
·       nonprofits with budgets over $1 million
·       schools, colleges and universities.
Love UT Give UT is made possible through the generous lead support of UBS, the Mountain America Credit Union and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, in addition to dozens of supporting corporations.
To schedule an interview with a participating corporation, school or nonprofit, please call the Foundation at (801) 559-3005.

www.loveUTgiveUT.org is powered by Razoo, a venture funded social enterprise committed to transforming people’s lives through meaningful giving. Its secure online platform facilitates crowdsourced fundraising, streamlines the donation process and offers a suite of free and easy-to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and nonprofits to give and fundraise online.
The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. For more information, visit www.utahcf.org, call 801.559.3005.

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